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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 7 December 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 7 December 2009

1: The World’s First 3D FIFA World Cup

Sony New Zealand Limited

Cape Town, South Africa: Sony Corporation and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) today announced an agreement for selected media rights of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in 3D. FIFA is to produce the world’s first FIFA World ...

2: Factory dairy farming arrives in New Zealand

Green Party

New Zealand is on the brink of introducing factory farming of dairy cows, the Green Party said today. Consent applications were recently lodged with Environment Canterbury for factory-style dairy farms in the Mackenzie Basin. Three companies plan to establish ...

3: Background Note: Botswana

US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 582,000 sq. km. (224,710 sq. mi.), about the size of Texas. Cities (2001 census): Capital --Gaborone (pronounced ha-bo-ro-neh), pop. 186,007. Other towns --Francistown (83,023), Selebi-Phikwe (49,849), Molepolole (54,561), Kanye ...

4: Background Note: Malawi

US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 118,484 sq. km. (45,747 sq. mi.); land the size of Pennsylvania, with a lake the size of Vermont. Cities: Capital --Lilongwe. Other cities --Blantyre (the commercial capital), Zomba, Mzuzu. Terrain: Plateaus, highlands, and valleys. ...

5: Darfur: Security Situation Worsens

United Nations

The security situation in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur has deteriorated in the wake of attacks that claimed the lives of five peacekeepers, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in the area (UNAMID) reported today.

6: 2009 Roger Award Finalists Named


The nine finalists for the 2009 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand are (in alphabetical order): ANZ, BNZ, Infratil, Newmont, Rio Tinto Aluminium NZ, Rymans, Telecom, Transpacific and Westpac. There ...

7: Key Pipped At The Post In Trans Tasman’s Roll Call

Trans Tasman

Trans Tasman’s 2009 Roll Call has elevated Speaker of the House, Lockwood Smith to top of its rankings this year. Each year Trans Tasman’s Editors rank all MPs on the basis of their performance in Caucus, Cabinet, Committee, the House and Electorate ...

8: Statement from Andrew Little Re: Goff Speech

New Zealand Labour Party

Following a report in today’s edition of the New Zealand Herald, some may have gained the impression that I was not supportive of the views expressed in Phil Goff’s recent speech.

9: PM's Presser: Nigel Latta on the Section 59 Review

Scoop Audio

Psychologist Nigel Latta and Prime Minister John Key announced the findings of a cross agency review of law changes relating to child discipline. Latta said he was personally reassured the repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act - taking away the ...

10: Telecom fined $500,000 for misleading over plan

Commerce Commission

Telecom New Zealand Limited has pleaded guilty to 17 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act over claims made in 2006 when promoting Xtra’s Go Large broadband plan. Telecom has been fined $500,000 in the Auckland District Court today.

11: Feds contradict themselves on factory-farming

Green Party

The response today from Federated Farmers’ leadership to the spectre of factory-farm dairying contradicts the line they took just six months ago, said Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.

12: KiwiFM: Criticisms A Media Beat-Up? Oh Common...

Scoop Audio

Audio: Wallace Chapman and Scoop's Selwyn Manning discuss whether confidence in Labour leader Phil Goff was eroded by the party's president Andrew Little. They say the issue is a media beat-up. Really? Well, let's look at the facts, quotes, and context.

13: Call for Responsible Behaviour in Southern Ocean

New Zealand Government

Governments of Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand Call for Responsible Behaviour in the Southern Ocean The Governments of Australia, The Netherlands and New Zealand remain resolute in our opposition to so-called ‘scientific’ whaling. We are deeply ...

14: Rare honour for Antarctic researcher

Industrial Research Ltd

IRL senior scientist Dr Tim Haskell has joined an elite group of Antarctic explorers and scientists by having a geographic feature in the region named after him.

15: Climategate Clobbers Con-Men

SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

From the very first moment man became a thinking being, the predators among us wrinkled their noses in arousal when they observed how even the best among men became easy prey to superstition when confronted with an utter lack of evidence in explaining ...

16: Submission to the 2025 Taskforce

Independent Business Foundation

The Independent Business Foundation represents the interests of the New Zealand Small to Medium Enterprise sector and provides a forum for informed debate and interaction at its annual Small Business Summit. Our Board of Trustees is made up of recognised ...

17: Scoop Audio: John Key on "P" and Unemployment

Scoop Audio

Audio from Prime Minister John Key’s Post Cabinet Press Conference Today the PM discussed his government’s response to the drug ‘P’, unemployment figures, factory dairy farming, tax changes, the foreshore and seabed, Melissa Lee, and Copenhagen ...

18: Eldred Stebbing R.I.P.

John Dix

Eldred Stebbing, NZ recording pioneer died yesterday. Long long LONG career, recorded Artie Shaw Orchestra in Auckland Town Hall for radio broadcast in 1942, recorded heaps of artists in 1950s . . . Howard Morrison Quartet, Ray Columbus & Invaders, ...

19: Rufus Wainwright Auckland, Wellingtn, Christchurch

Chugg Entertainment

Break out the diary, cancel your late February plans, and surprise your loved one(s) with tickets to something truly wonderful and intimate: the one and only Rufus Wainwright is returning to New Zealand for a very special evening featuring our prodigious wunderkind ...

20: Prime Minister welcomes S59 review report

New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today welcomed the final report of a review into the policies and procedures used by the New Zealand Police and Child, Youth and Family around the issue of smacking.

21: The future of dairy farming?

Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is supporting the right of farmers in the MacKenzie Basin to submit a resource consent application. It believes that ever tighter regional council and national rules may force other farmers to consider this type of farming too.

22: Thousands March In Support Of Copenhagen Summit

Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland Saturday December 5, 2009 – Thousands of people turned out today in support of John Key taking strong action at the Copenhagen climate talks.

23: Latest Smacking Law Review Offers No Comfort

Family First

Family First NZ is dismissing yet another report on the anti-smacking law which fails to address the real issues and concerns over the law change.

24: Chauvel: Speech at March for Planet A

New Zealand Labour Party

My name is Charles Chauvel. I’m Labour’s Climate Change Issues Spokesperson. I just want to say on behalf of my Labour colleagues – including Grant Robertson, the MP for Wellington Central – thank you very much for marching today. Thank you ...

25: MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares fall; Telecom, FBU drop


Dec. 7 (BusinessWire) – New Zealand shares fell for a second day, with Telecom Corp. sliding to an eight-month low after being fined for misleading advertising, and Fletcher Building drifting lower.

26: Science project at risk through lack of funds

Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust

A science project open to all New Zealanders and used by many primary schools is at risk due to lack of funding. The tagging of Monarch butterflies to show their overwintering behaviour and an indication of climate change started as a voluntary ...

27: Rushed ETS heading back to the drawing board

New Zealand Labour Party

Labour's climate change issues spokesperson Charles Chauvel is predicting that the Emissions Trading Law – passed late last month under urgency – will be back before Parliament early in the New Year, thanks to overseas developments that the Government ...

28: Radio Adelaide: Is Labour's Left Counting Numbers?

Scoop Audio

Scoop's Selwyn Manning and Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey discuss how distance between the Labour Party president Andrew Little and party leader Phil Goff has spilled out into the public arena, are Labour's leftists counting numbers? Also, NZ's Prime Minister ...

29: Green Party turns 10

Green Party

The Green Party marks the 10th anniversary of its entry to Parliament tomorrow, Monday, December 7th. In 1999, special votes counted in the days after the general election saw Green MP Jeanette Fitzsimons win Coromandel and the Party's vote was finalised ...

30: NZ dollar slides on US rates outlook


Dec. 7 (BusinesWire) – The New Zealand dollar slid below 72 U.S. cents after figures showed American unemployment unexpectedly shrank to 10% and the world’s largest economy shed fewer jobs than forecast, raising the prospect of an early interest ...

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